- The paths students take post-graduation depends greatly on where each individual is at in their career when they enter the program. We see at least four pathways of specialization or outputs from the program:
- Translational Medicine: Individuals involved in investigation (discovery science or clinical research);
- Translational Science: Individuals interested in helping research solutions to medical needs based in discovery science, but transformed into tangible applications.
- Knowledge Translation: individuals who want to communicate research to target audiences in order to change practices or policies that improve health outcomes;
- Implementation Science: individuals who want to study the impact of innovations—transformations of discovery science—on healthcare delivery for evidence-based medicine.
- The National Center for the Advancement of Translational and Clinical Science has recently identified the needs for a “Translational Science” workforce. However, there is as yet no official profession of translational science, and many of the programs developed in the area are relatively new.
- However, professional graduate programs in the United States associated with Translational Science have indicated that graduates have found work in the following sectors:
- Entrepreneurial ventures
- Research Institutes
- Governmental jobs
- Clinical practice
- Graduate school
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